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PhD Fellow in Environmental sciences, Biological science, Biology – UiT, Norway – Jan 2022

Norway, UiT – University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway

A PhD position is available at the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB), Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE). The position is within cross-ecosystem food-web responses to climate change, with a focus on freshwater and terrestrial ecosystem linkages in the Arctic and is associated with the Northern Populations and Ecosystems and Freshwater Ecology research groups.

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General Info

Position: PhD fellow
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics
Department of Arctic and Marine Biology
UiT - University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway
Tromsø, Norway

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Qualification Details

This position requires a Master’s degree or equivalent in biology or a relevant branch of biological/environmental sciences such as ecology.

Desired competence for this position (one or several):

  • Quantitative analyses (particularly multivariate and/or generalized linear models, eg., mixed effect models)
  • Experience with field work, lab work, and experimental design

Additional advantageous skills for this position:

  • Knowledge of stream and/or terrestrial invertebrates
  • Experience with isotope and/or fatty acid analyses
  • Knowledge of aquatic carbon and nutrient cycling

We will prioritize candidates with training and/or experience in combining theoretical and empirical perspectives, and in a cross-ecosystem perspective when possible.

Applicants must be able to write and communicate in English and be able to work in an international environment. Working knowledge of Norwegian or a Scandinavian language is also beneficial.

In the assessment, the emphasis is on the applicant's potential to complete a research education based on the Master's thesis or equivalent, and any other scientific work. The 2-page project description will also be considered. In addition, other experience of significance for the completion of the doctoral programme may be given consideration.

We will also emphasize motivation and personal suitability for the position.As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.

Responsibilities/Job Description

This PhD project will address key pressures in stream and terrestrial cross-ecosystem linkages in an Arctic ecosystem (northern Norway tundra). The PhD student will closely collaborate with the Freshwater Ecology group, the Northern Populations and Ecosystems group, and researchers at the Fram Centre, ensuring strong networking possibilities. Primary office and laboratory space for the student will be located within the Freshwater Ecology group. The student will also join and utilize existing infrastructure from the Climate-ecological Observatory for Arctic Tundra (COAT). The candidate will have access to a large network of researchers with arctic and quantitative expertise.

The major goals of the PhD are to advance the currently very limited understanding of connectivity between freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems in the Arctic, and in particular how these linkages may change in response to climate and land cover change.

Specifically, the PhD candidate will 1) Quantify Arctic terrestrial and freshwater ecosystem connectivity based on energy flow through the food web, and 2) Evaluate how recent changes in Arctic tundra-forest ecotones and freshwater stream ecosystems have altered energy flow dynamics across those two ecosystems. The scope and focus of the PhD project will also depend to a large degree on the research interests and background of the successful candidate.

The applicants must present a description outlining the academic basis of the PhD project. The project description shall not exceed 2 pages, literature references included. It must include a description of the theme, research question(s) and a reasoning of the choices. It should also indicate the methodologies to be used. The final project description will be developed in cooperation with the supervisors.

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Documents Required


Your application must include:

  • Cover letter (1 page) explaining your motivation and research interests
  • CV
  • Diploma for bachelor's and master's degree
  • Transcript of grades/academic record for bachelor's and master's degree
  • Explanation of the grading system for foreign education (Diploma Supplement if available)
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • Two names of reference persons with contact information (at least e-mail address and phone number)
  • Master’s thesis, and any other academic works
  • Project description (max 2 pages, including references)

Qualification with a master’s degree is required before commencement in the position. If you are near completion of your master’s degree, you may still apply and submit a draft version of the thesis and a statement from your supervisor or institution indicating when the degree will be obtained. You must still submit your transcripts for the master’s degree with your application.

All documentation to be considered must be in a Scandinavian language or English. Diplomas and transcripts must also be submitted in the original language, if not in English or Scandinavian. We only accept applications and documentation sent via Jobbnorge within the application deadline.

About the Department

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) consists of Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NFH) and School of Business and Economics. The main task of BFE is to conduct teaching and research dissemination at a high national and international level within all relevant fields. Prioritized research areas are aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, climate, life in the arctic, marine bioprospecting, fish health, seafood products, business and macroeconomics, resources and environment, markets and management of marine resources.

The interdisciplinary profile of the faculty provides good opportunity to develop research projects involving several research groups at the faculty according to its strategy.

About the Employer: UiT - University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway

Note or Other details

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

We offer

  • Involvement in an interesting research project
  • Good career opportunities
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund
  • More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here:

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Contact details

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Jarad Mellard:

Associate Professor André Frainer:

or Associate Professor Amanda Poste:

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